My First Workbench #12: Day 12: More mortises.

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 08-24-2012 01:36 AM 973 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(Only one picture for this short update today so I decided to post it here too!)

Nothing special today, just more working on chopping mortises and 3 more tenons…lots of sawing. Lots. But I have to say I’m seeing a little improvement in my abilities to feel when the wood is telling me I’m going to fast or off angle on the saw strokes. It’s getting easier to saw too—-I’m not putting near as much pressure as I did on the first cut of this project. It feels like I’m hardly pushing the saw at all sometimes, but that’s precisely when it cuts the fastest. Crazy.

On the upside, I have 3 legs connected by tennons now! Every joint is getting sharper and tighter. I completed 3 joints today in the time it took me to fit the first one!

So close!

I noticed some twist in the short tenon and I’m trying to decide if the top will straighten everuthing out (with it’s own half blind mortises connected to the legs) or if I should add 2 more short stretchers up high on the legs.

I will ultimately have to wait and see what she looks like when I get the last leg and final two stretchers hooked up for the dry fit dress rehearsal. My gut tells me the top will be plenty solid enough to stabilize everything—-and the extra tension between the legs may actually help rather than hurt the overall strength of the bench.

Am I way off base on this or am I just getting the halfway self-doubts?

-- Steve

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